Regular readers of our site already for sureknow that cats were domesticated about 9.5 thousand years ago. In the course of all the past time, people have crossed these furry creatures and at the moment in the world there are about 200 breeds... Cats are the most commonpets and those who want to make such a friend for themselves are not decreasing. But not all people know that when choosing a cat, you should definitely pay attention to the breed, and not to the appearance, but to the character. Humanity has developed several breeds of cats that have a pronounced predator character and are capable of harming their owners. And we are not only talking about peeled wallpaper - they can even attack people.
- 1 Why are cats dangerous?
- 2 The most dangerous cat breeds
- 2.1 Abyssinian cat
- 2.2 British cats
- 2.3 Mekong Bobtail
- 2.4 Savannah
- 2.5 Housey
Why are cats dangerous?
For adults, domestic cats do not representspecial danger. At least, almost no one knows reports that the owner was killed by a cat. But at the same time, they can seriously injure the owners with their sharp claws. In 2010, in the US state of Idaho, a cat who recently gave birth bit its owner 35 times. And in 2011, in Ohio, a man had to be taken to the hospital after a fight with a cat.
However, cats can be dangerous for little ones.children. In 1980, Norwegian newspapers reported how a man noticed a cat lying on the face of his 5-week-old baby. This is truly a terrible event, because the doctors failed to bring the child back to life - he suffocated. And this is far from an isolated case, because such horrors occurred even in the 19th century. Therefore, it is absolutely impossible to leave cats in the same room with small children. Especially cats, which we'll talk about below.
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The most dangerous cat breeds
The aggressiveness of some cat breeds is explained bythe fact that by their nature they are predators. That is why they arrange a noisy "hunt" at night and from time to time attack the feet of their masters. The natural instincts of animals always make themselves felt. But, in most cases, animals can be taught to behave well - it is important to devote a lot of time to raising them. But the cats and cats mentioned below are difficult to educate and, if treated inadequately, can be dangerous to people.
Abyssinian cat is considered a representativeone of the very first breeds bred by man. It was bred in Great Britain at the end of the 19th century during the crossing of indigenous cats from Africa and Asia. These creatures have a slender physique and an unusual coat, the beauty of which can be appreciated in the photo below. The weight of these cats reaches 6 kilograms, and their eyes are decorated with "eyeliner".
These cats have a very difficult character, thereforeyou need to educate them from early childhood. If this is not done, the pet will be characterized by increased aggressiveness and rancor. With the right upbringing, they become good creatures, but their natural activity will not go anywhere. With proper grooming, they live up to 20 years.
British cats that have a very shortwool, are the favorites of many owners. They have a sturdy build, round head, small ears and short legs. They do not require much attention and are usually turned on by people who have to stay at work for a long time. But you also need to educate them from early childhood, because they, as many owners say, "have their own opinion on many issues."
Mekong Bobtail is another representativepotentially dangerous pets. The name of the breed comes from the name of the Chinese Mekong River. It is believed that she was bred in Russia - a representative of this breed lived even with Nicholas II. They have short hair and a very short tail, by which the breed is most easily recognized. Their body weight reaches 4.5 kilograms, and their life expectancy reaches 18 years. Although in many sources they are called friendly and affectionate, in case of danger, adults are able to severely scratch the owners.
The fact that the savannahs are among the mostdangerous domestic cats, no surprise. The fact is that this breed is the result of crossing a domestic cat with a wild African serval. These cats appeared in the USA only in 2001. The aim of the breeders was to create a large domestic cat with an exotic coat color. And they succeeded - the growth of savannas reaches 60 centimeters, and the weight is often 15 kilograms. Many people note that they are very affectionate and active, but this again depends on the level of upbringing. Since this is a cross between a domestic and a wild cat, you can expect unpleasant surprises from it.
Interesting fact: in 2015 Savannah became the most expensive cat breed in the world.
Houseies are also one of the newer cat breeds. They were bred in the middle of the 20th century as a result of crossing the above-mentioned Abyssinian cat and a jungle cat. The goal of the breeders was to breed a cat that would be as similar to a wild one as possible, but at the same time had a domestic character. With the right upbringing, they are affectionate and get along easily with other animals. But since they have powerful bodies, it is better not to anger them - deep scratches are provided.
If you would like to know more about cats,I recommend reading this material. In it, I talked about a scientific experiment in which scientists tried to find out if cats can express their emotions with facial movements.